The spectacular Palau de la Música Catalana or Orfeó Català is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city of Barcelona. A concert hall which has been designed in a Modernist style by Lluis Domènech i Montaner, it was constructed around in the early 1900’s for the Orfeó Català choral society. It’s situated on the corner of a street of the same name in the old area of Barcelona known as the casc antic. Catalan Modernism dictates that curves are used instead of straight lines, and dynamic shaping instead of static form. Many rich floral decorations are used, however, the palace pays particular attention to functionality and used the most up to date materials and technologies of their time.
The façade incorporates both Arabic and Spanish architecture showcasing iron, mosaic, glazed tiles and stained glass and the concert hall itself is thought to be one of the most beautiful in the world. It seats approximately 2,200 people and is illuminated by natural light coming from the stained glass dome during the day time, it is the only auditorium throughout Europe which offers this. Many great orchestras, singers and conductors have graced the stage including Richard Strauss, Leonard Bernstein, Montserrat Caballé, and Josep Carreras. Also many composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel have showcased their own great works here.
In 1997, the Palau de la Música Catalana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is well worth a visit when you are in the city if you enjoy music and architecture as it is one of the most popular attractions in the city.